Yemeni Refugees Increase Sharply in Jeju

Write : 2018-06-19 13:41:46 Update : 2018-06-23 12:48:32

Yemeni Refugees Increase Sharply in Jeju

Nearly 520 Yemenis requested refugee status in Jeju in the first five months of this year, up 12-fold from last year, according to the Jeju Immigration Office on Tuesday. 

The resort island off South Korea’s southern coast offers 30 days sojourn visa-free. 

After applications for refugee status grew at an unprecedented rate in a short period of time, the Justice Ministry included Yemen on its list of countries whose people are barred entry to Jeju from June first. 

Meanwhile, more than 200-thousand people have signed an online petition requesting the presidential office stop accepting all refugees on Jeju Island. 

Yemen, located at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, has been in the midst of a civil war since 2015. 

[Photo : YONHAP News]

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